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Aspects of strategic climate work in Nordic municipalities

NordLead Project Final Report

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Nordic municipalities can have a significant impact on creating a more climate-friendly Nordic region. This study gathers valuable information about climate change management in Nordic municipalities and gives a general view to the local climate work in Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The study aims at recognising the success factors and needs for support in Nordic local climate change work. It is based on a web survey conducted between October 2011 and February 2012, with an overall response rate of 37 %. The study shows that Nordic municipalities are actively working for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Commonalities in the success factors and challenges are found in the study, however, there is no “one size fits all” solution, because the countries differ in many respects – the national framework conditions being the most crucial difference.

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Climate strategies in Swedish municipalities

A rather high proportion of Swedish municipalities have voluntary climate change strategies in place. Political support from the national level already exists. In the past years, financial support and programmes have been used by the state to encourage municipalities to tackle the issue of climate change. These range from local investment programmes to grants for wind power planning, hiring an energy counsellor and energyefficiency support. According to our survey, one of the most important forms of support has been the ongoing energy efficiency support from the Swedish Energy Agency.

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